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Eugenics is currently defined as the “applied science or the bio-social movement which advocates the use of practices aimed at improving the genetic composition of a population.
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Biotech industry says Supreme Court's gene ruling hurts innovation ...

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The US Supreme Court's rejection Thursday of natural DNA patent protection could hurt biotech companies, but specialists said it left enough safeguards for the industry to keep innovating. The court ruled that Myriad Genetics ...
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Ngozi Angeline Godwell's comment, July 1, 2013 6:16 PM
The US Supreme Court’s rejection Thursday of natural DNA patent protection could hurt biotech companies, but specialists said it left enough safeguards for the industry to keep innovating.

The court ruled that Myriad Genetics, which sells expensive tests for the genetic markers for cancer, could not claim patents on the DNA it identified in the 1990s to develop the tests.

Critics said the ruling would inhibit other companies and their financial backers, like venture capitalists, from investing in more genetic sequencing research because they could not patent their discoveries.


“The Supreme Court’s decision today represents a troubling departure from decades of judicial and Patent and Trademark Office precedent,” said Jim Greenwood, president of the Biotechnology Industry Organization.

Companies “have long relied on patents on preparations of DNA molecules and other biological chemicals in order to bring innovative, socially beneficial products to the marketplace,” he said, calling the United States “now the only developed country to take such a restrictive view of patent eligibility.”